X-rays inconclusive, so Orlando Hudson headed for CT scan on injured wrist

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Last night’s game-ending collision with Denard Span left Orlando Hudson with an injured wrist and X-rays taken afterward were inconclusive, so the veteran second baseman is now headed for a CT scan.
Hudson didn’t travel with the team to Seattle, so at the very least he seems unlikely to play in the four-game series against the Mariners and the Twins will hold their breath hoping he avoids a serious injury.
Signed to a one-year, $5 million contract this offseason Hudson has been a perfect fit for the Twins both offensively and defensively, sliding into the No. 2 spot in the batting order between Span and Joe Mauer while hitting .305 with a .377 on-base percentage and 26/20 K/BB ratio.
Minnesota got a combined .209 batting average and .302 OBP from second basemen last season, so the improvement from Hudson has been an underrated factor in the team’s strong start. Alexi Casilla will likely fill in until Hudson returns, although it’s possible the Twins could turn to Triple-A shortstop Trevor Plouffe at second base if Hudson heads to the disabled list.

Diamondbacks, T.J. McFarland avoid arbitration

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Bob Nightengale of USA TODAY Sports reports that the Diamondbacks and reliever T.J. McFarland have avoided arbitration, agreeing on a $1.45 million salary for the 2019 season. McFarland, in his third of four years of arbitration eligibility, filed for $1.675 million while the Diamondbacks countered at $1.275 million. McFarland ended up settling for just under the midpoint of those two figures.

McFarland, 29, was terrific out of the bullpen for the D-Backs last season, finishing with a 2.00 ERA and a 42/22 K/BB ratio in 72 innings. While the lefty may not miss a lot of bats, he does induce quite a few grounders. His 67.9 percent ground ball rate last season was the third highest among relievers with at least 50 innings, trailing only Brad Ziegler (71.1%) and Scott Alexander (70.6%).

McFarland was dominant against left-handed hitters, limiting them to a .388 OPS last season, but the D-Backs deployed him nearly twice as often against right-handed hitters, who posted an aggregate .764 OPS against him. It will be interesting to see if the club decides to use him more as a platoon reliever in 2019.